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Freight Forwarders & Brokers – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 4731  |  NAICS 488510

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Freight Forwarding Brokerages & Agencies  (view report)
Freight Packing & Logistics Services  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Transportation Intermediaries Association
About The Industry

Introductory section provides a summary overview of the third party logistics industry, with topics covered in this section including the types of services that 3PLs provide, the role of TIA members in providing these services, the role of brokers as logistics service providers and the advantages of using a broker from a warehouse manager's standpoint, and how to start up a brokerage firm.

C. John Langley, Jr., Ph.D. / Capgemini Consulting
Third-Party Logistics Study

Annual study examines the current state of the third-party logistics market, with each study including an in-depth look at special focus topics such as the 3PL decision-making environment, 3PL roles in supply chain transformation, utilizing big data analytics, and 3PL involvement in the end-of-life supply chain. Key findings are available online, with complete study available for download with registration.

Resources available from this organization include:

3PL Market in the US
Market research report provides in-depth analysis of the third-party logistics (3PL) market in the U.S., with information provided in the report including market size and revenue forecasts by type of service provided (e.g., VAWD - value-added warehousing and distribution, ITM - international transportation management, DTM - domestic transportation management, and DCC - dedicated contract carriage).

Global Freight Forwarding Market
Market research study provides a detailed analysis of the freight forwarding market on a global basis, with topics addressed in the study including market segmentation by delivery mode (e.g., ocean, air) and type of service provided (e.g., packaging service, labeling service, documentation and purchase order management, transportation and warehousing service, and additional value-added services).

Global Airfreight Forwarding Market
Comprehensive research study analyzes the airfreight forwarding market from a global perspective, with topics covered in the report including types of services provided (e.g., packaging and labeling, documentation and PO management, charter services, and transportation and warehousing) and end-users (e.g., manufacturing, fashion and textiles, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and technology).

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Freight Forwarders and Brokers  Search for "488510" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Freight Forwarders and Brokers  Search for "488510" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial ratio analysis can be viewed free online.

IBISWorld Research Reports
Industry Financial Ratios
(see links for individual reports)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and an array of industry financial ratios, with the financial ratio data presented on an annual basis for the four most recent years for which data is available and on a historical average basis over three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample report can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Transportation Intermediaries Association
TIA Compensation Report / MeasureUp Compensation Analyzer

Online compensation analyzer provides base salary, incentive pay, and total compensation data for over 40 job positions, including management, sales, operations, information technology, accounting, and HR personnel, employed by third-party logistics companies, with compensation data filterable by job position and specialization, experience level, professional designations, and geographic location.

PayScale, Inc.
Freight Forwarding

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for job positions in this industry such as operations manager, logistics coordinator, import/export coordinators, freight forwarder, and customs broker, with employers for which wage data is provided including Expeditors International of Washington, Inc., C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., DHL Global Forwarding, Inc., and Panalpina, Inc.

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BV Guides and Databases

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